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UN Human Rights Chief Calls For Independent Investigation Into Poisoning Of Alexei Navalny

Wednesday, 9 September 2020, 7:15 am | OHCHR

Welcoming the news that Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny has emerged from his coma in a Berlin hospital, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday urged the Government of the Russian Federation to carry out, ... More >>

Enforced Disappearances: UN Committee Welcomes Mexico’s Decision On Individual Complaints

Sunday, 6 September 2020, 7:22 am | OHCHR

The unanimous decision by the Mexican Senate to recognize the competence of the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances to examine individual complaints is a significant step in the country’s human rights development, the Committee said in a statement ... More >>

UN Human Rights Office Highlights Fabricated Information In Relation To Algeria

Sunday, 6 September 2020, 7:21 am | OHCHR

An article published in French , Arabic and English by the Algérie Presse Service (APS) on Tuesday 1 September claimed that a body called “The Geneva Office of the United Nations Dispute Tribunal” (‘le Bureau des Contentieux de l’ONU à Genève’) ... More >>

Belarus: UN Committee Hails Role Of Women In Political Process And Protests

Friday, 4 September 2020, 8:24 am | OHCHR

Reports of violence against women in Belarus, including sexual abuse and rape, received by UN human rights experts, are deeply concerning, the UN women’s rights committee said on Thursday. The Committee also underlined how women voices are not marginal, ... More >>

Enforced Disappearances: UN Committee To Hold Special Online Dialogue With Iraq

Friday, 4 September 2020, 8:04 am | OHCHR

The UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED) will hold a special public dialogue with Iraq during its upcoming online session to discuss what the country is doing to address the issue of enforced disappearances. Iraq ratified the International ... More >>

Bachelet Welcomes Sudan Peace Deal, Urges Accountability

Wednesday, 2 September 2020, 7:27 am | OHCHR

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has welcomed the signing of a peace deal between the Transitional Government of Sudan and the majority of the country’s armed groups as a major step in ending the suffering and human rights ... More >>

Bachelet Urges Investigation Into Death Threats Against Dr Mukwege

Saturday, 29 August 2020, 7:02 am | OHCHR

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Friday expressed deep concern over the recent death threats directed at the Congolese human rights defender and Nobel Prize laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege, and called for swift action to investigate ... More >>

International Day Of The Victims Of Enforced Disappearances, 30 August 2020

Friday, 28 August 2020, 7:34 am | OHCHR

Countries must continue to search for victims of enforced disappearances even during COVID-19 pandemic, UN human rights experts* said today. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Declaration for on the Protection of all Persons from Enforced ... More >>

UN: Accountability For Human Rights Violations During Peaceful Protests Is Key

Friday, 28 August 2020, 7:27 am | OHCHR

Despite promising steps by the current Government of Iraq concerning human rights violations and abuses committed in the context of recent demonstrations, accountability remains elusive, according to a UN report released on Thursday. The report details ... More >>

Governments Must Do More To Support Victims Of Violence

Saturday, 22 August 2020, 7:32 am | OHCHR

UN human rights experts* today expressed alarm at a sharp rise during the COVID-19 pandemic of hatred directed at religious communities, who are often being portrayed as a threat to public safety and national identity. They called on all governments ... More >>

Libya: Bachelet Appoints Independent Fact-Finding Mission Experts

Thursday, 20 August 2020, 8:07 am | OHCHR

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said the deteriorating security situation in Libya and the absence of a functioning judicial system underscored the importance of the work of a team of independent experts to document human rights ... More >>

UN Committee Calls On Bosnia And Herzegovina To Recognise Sexual Violence Survivors’ Rights

Thursday, 20 August 2020, 8:05 am | OHCHR

The UN women’s rights committee has found that survivors of sexual violence in armed conflict have been long neglected in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), and has called on the government to take immediate action to provide adequate social and ... More >>

UN High Commissioner For Human Rights On Draft Sexual Intercourse Related Crimes Law In Somalia

Tuesday, 11 August 2020, 8:10 am | OHCHR

“Legislation drafted by parliamentarians in Somalia risks legitimizing child marriage, among other alarming practices, and must be prevented from passing into law. Provisions of the Sexual Intercourse Related Crimes Law constitute serious breaches of international ... More >>

International Day Of World’s Indigenous Peoples: Message From UN High Commissioner For Human Rights

Saturday, 8 August 2020, 7:33 am | OHCHR

COVID-19 is a critical threat to indigenous peoples, at a time when many are also struggling against man-made environmental damage and economic depredation. In almost all the 90 countries where they live in often remote locations, many indigenous communities ... More >>

Yemen: Journalists Under Attack From All Quarters, Says Bachelet

Friday, 7 August 2020, 7:15 am | OHCHR

The UN’s human rights chief said today she is appalled by the high number of human rights violations against journalists across Yemen - including killings, disappearances and death sentences in violation of international human rights law. Since the start ... More >>

Work Of Human Rights Treaty Bodies At Risk, Warn UN Committee Chairs

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 7:04 am | OHCHR

Chairpersons of the 10 UN committees that monitor the implementation of international human right treaties have called on States to properly support their work, warning that the current underfunding is set to affect upcoming review meetings from September ... More >>

Women Forcibly Returned To North Korea Suffer Appalling Violations In Detention – UN Report

Tuesday, 28 July 2020, 6:05 pm | OHCHR

Women detained in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) are subjected to multiple and serious human rights violations by State security and police officials according to a UN human rights report published on Tuesday. The report is based on ... More >>

UN Committee Stands With Women And Girls In Global Anti-racism Protests

Saturday, 11 July 2020, 7:08 am | OHCHR

The UN women’s rights committee has called for a new era of human rights and gender justice, stressing that the lives of black women and girls also matter. In a statement issued today, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) ... More >>

Bachelet Urges Israel To Halt West Bank Annexation Plans, Warning 'Shockwaves Will Last For Decades'

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 6:54 am | OHCHR

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, on Monday added her voice to the wave of international and national calls on the Government of Israel not to proceed with its plans to illegally annex a swathe of occupied Palestinian ... More >>

China/Hong Kong SAR: Security Law Must Meet Human Rights Obligations, Says Bachelet

Saturday, 20 June 2020, 7:20 am | OHCHR

The UN Human Rights chief Michelle Bachelet said today her Office was closely following consideration in China’s National People’s Congress of a draft national security law for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). While the law is not ... More >>





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